The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


September 20, 2013

Harold Raker's column on high school football: Drastic change pays off for Tigers


"So we went to a four-deep scheme, but, unlike a lot of 4-3s against the spread where they will loosen up their outside linebackers, and they'll walk them up on the receivers, we went to a four-deep 4-3. But we kept our linebackers fairly tight because of how much they ran out of the spread," he said.

Roth noted that in their first two games, even though they were running a spread offense, between Wasilewski and the backs, they were still running the ball a lot.

"We didn't play a loose 4-3 where it was going to be easier for them to run the ball. We figured (we would) keep those backers in to cover the run and make them throw the ball underneath if they were going to throw it and go from there," Roth said.

Roth said that, considering it was a defense that was just put in during the week for that game, his kids executed it well. "We never gave them anything with the run the linebackers did a nice job," he said.

Later in the game, the Tigers mixed in some blitzes and the pressure resulted in at least four sacks and several negative plays.

"They looked like they were getting a little comfortable throwing against that scheme and that's when we started putting a little more pressure on with the blitzes and we were effective with that," Roth said.

Said Mount Carmel coach Carmen DeFrancesco, "They came to play tonight and they just put it to us."

They just stormed us in that first quarter (Southern led 19-0). Give (the Tigers) credit, they are a good football team."

DeFrancesco added, "You gotta move on. We told our kids that we got beat by a real good football team and we are going to win a lot of football games. We really are," DeFrancesco added.

n Sports editor Harold Raker covers high school football for The Daily Item. Email comments to

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